Kayak Tour - Point Reyes

Description: Join REI guides for a kayaking tour of magnificent Drake's Estero, offered in partnership with Point Reyes National Seashore Association's Field Seminars. This 7,800 acre estuarine wilderness contains vast, thriving eelgrass beds, providing a home to a diverse marine ecosystem including bat rays and leopard sharks, which we look for as we paddle. This is also an amazing location for viewing shore and water birds including herons, egrets, osprey, pelicans and more. After an orientation and safety briefing, we will explore the estuary, and depending on conditions, we'll paddle between 5 and 9 miles round trip. Lunch is provided. Pre-Requisite: Learn to Kayak Class or equivalent skills, students must be physically able to paddle up to 9 miles. For this tour we will be using high-quality, tandem (2 person) kayaks to keep the group together, prevent fatigue, and keep you focused on the beautiful scenery and wildlife. We will bring single kayaks only if there are an odd number of participants. The guides may rotate paddlers based upon desire/experience/fatigue to facilitate the best group experience.

Skills you'll learn:

Gain confidence and experience while kayaking at this iconic destination. Explore the eelgrass beds and look for leopard sharks and bat rays!

Check out the gear list.

Required Legal Form:
This course requires the participant to read and sign a liability release form before participating. Please see "Required Legal Form" for the session you are registering for. You will need to print, sign and bring the form to your class.

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Kayak Tour - Point Reyes Gear List

Gear to bring to class:

(Required)

  • Hat/ Sun protection - An item to help protect your face and neck from sunburn.
  • Eyewear Retainer - A strap to help keep your glasses or sunglasses from falling off in the event of big splash or a capsize.
  • Sunglasses
  • Water Shoes/Sandals - Foot attire that will protect your feet and is okay to get wet. (e.g. Teva, Chaco, Keen (not flip-flops)
  • Water Bottle
  • Synthetic / wool layers - Clothing that will stay warm when wet.

(Optional)

  • Wetsuit - Thickness depends on your local water temperatures. Generally 3mm-4mm is preferable.
  • Paddle Jacket

Gear provided by REI:

  • Personal Flotation Device (PFD)
  • Spray Skirt
  • Dry Bag
  • Touring/Recreational Kayak
  • Paddle
  • Lunch